DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A fast-moving fire caused residents to evacuate at least 22 units of the Marquis Apartments near the intersection of Briarcliff and Sheridan roads in DeKalb County.
According to DeKalb County Fire Capt. Eric Jackson, the fire started shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday.
"Once our first units arrived on scene we discovered heavy smoke and flames coming from the 1000 building," Jackson said.
Jackson said firefighters tried to get inside to battle the flames, but had to retreat because it was simply too hot and dangerous.
Residents say they had little time to grab anything once they smelled the smoke.
Ingrid Hernandez said she was at work when she got a disturbing phone call from her roommate.
"She said somebody knocked on our door yelling 'fire' and the smoke was so thick she could barely breathe so shejust ran for her life," said Hernandez.
There was no immediate word on what caused the fire.